Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Are Your Employees Happy to be Working With You?

Happy Thanksgiving All.

I wanted to share with you a recent article from Training Magazine. Job unrest is not a new thing. According to Patick Lencioni, there are definite "tell-tale" signs that can indicate a potential problem is on the horizon.

You can prevent job dissatisfaction.

As you take a day to spend with your family - look around the table and be thankful for what you have, what you've had... and what you can have - because you can.

Enjoy the article.

Signs of Unrest

Misery in the office is nothing new, unfortunately, but maybe bosses will get more adept at spotting it before it's too late. Patrick M. Lencioni, author of "The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees)," notes workplace-misery truths and red flags:

• "A miserable job is not the same as a bad one. A bad job lies in the eye of the beholder," he says. "But a miserable job is universal. It is one that makes people cynical, frustrated, and demoralized when they go home at night. It drains them of energy, enthusiasm, and self-esteem."

• The first of Lencioni's "three signs" is anonymity, "the feeling employees get when they realize their manager has little interest in them as a human being, and knows little about their lives, aspirations, and interests."

• Second, beware of irrelevance, which, he says, "takes root when employees cannot see how their job makes a difference in the lives of others. Employees need to know the work they do impacts someone's life—a customer, a co-worker, even a supervisor—in one way or another."

• The third sign is something Lencioni calls "immeasurement," which he describes as "the inability of employees to assess for themselves their contribution or success. Employees who have no means of measuring how well they are doing on a given day, or week, must rely on the subjective opinions of others, usually their managers, to gauge their progress or contribution." So, in other words, if you let them know their misery is not in vain, they may never be miserable in the first place.

What are you and your employees thankful for this holiday season?


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